Favorite films

  • Notorious
  • 7 Men from Now
  • The Big Sleep
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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  • Cemetery Man

  • The Silent Partner

  • A Bay of Blood

  • Raising Cain

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  • Raising Cain

    Raising Cain

    Watch the director’s cut on the Shout Factory Blu-Ray. I’m obsessed with the reordering of the structure of this movie and how much better it works. There’s still confusion to be sure but it feels more like a great puzzle to solve. John Lithgow is out of control. The movie is insane. DePalma’s camera work and editing is hypnotic.

  • Framed

    Framed

    Southern revenge flick from the 70s. Feels like a drive in movie with a smart, pulpy structure. There is an insane stunt near the end of this that’s worth the price of admission. The last movie by Phil Karlson.

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  • Iron Man 3

    Iron Man 3

    It's strange, the way this film contains both what is really great about the Iron Man/Marvel films and what is great about Shane Black movies. If you've ever listened to Shane Black talk, he's hilariously self-conscious and tentatively confident. That is this movie. You will have to give yourself up to the movie if you're going to enjoy it...and I saw the movie with two people who weren't entirely sure they enjoyed it and struggled a bit during and after…

  • The Bling Ring

    The Bling Ring

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    It is a casual and cold film preferring to photograph from a distance and observe the characters. More of a filmed magazine article in its remoteness and nonlinear editing patterns, which is part of what makes the movie compelling. Another Sofia Coppola movie where the central characters climax is handled without words. Devasting.